Visual display of the Aldo Leopold papers : 9/25/10-3 : County, State and Foreign Files

                          April 9, 1929. 
Dr, E. ?. Rohok 
State Geologist, 
yermi1!ion, So. Dak. 
De~ar Mr. ,&lothrock: 
          I aebefor me yorltter of April 4th rel- 
atlve to Mr.  do      lds rquest for I normation on the 
pheasants In South   ota. 
         The eloed map gives you rathr a deixnite idp. 
of     relative abn    e of phaants in ourtate, the 
d~arker areas representing the sections in v  hthe pheas- 
ants are most numerous. This, however* cannot be taken as 
con-cluive evidnse that these are  provi   o  itions that 
are more conducive to the popagation of pheaas than oth- 
er seottons; the pheaszt bing  asou know, semi-domestic 
and more homing in his habits  n are most other game birds. 
An a result, areas In nh *hi  original stock vas released 
ar the areas that are now, and have ben for a nubr of' 
years* most thickly populat.ed. 
         From ou #bservations, the etire astern half of 
our state proves attractive to the phesant. Ths I attrib- 
ute largey to the fact that the pheaan will not thr'ive 
in undeveloped #setloe o? in 5tion# where faming oper- 
ations are not arred on rather xtensively. 
         I am sending you an extra oopy of this letter in 
the eent you should desire to send it on to r. Leopold. 
                  Very truly yourst 
ENC.                       Dep r   nt of Game and -iit, 
_ _Directot 

              BE   FIT   TO   EAT? 
  Wild birds cannot be handled in 
the same manner as poultry in pre- 
paring them for the   table because 
they do not get the proper rest and 
quiet to keep body heat down, they 
cannot be thoroughly 'starved out' 
before killing, and they are not al- 
ways properly bled. 
  In order that the hunter may pre- 
serve the  meat and   fine flavor of 
game birds it is recommended that 
the following rules be observed: 
  Bleed Your bird on killing: To re- 
move body heat and impurities. 
  Take out internals: To remove more 
    heat and eliminate a place where 
    souring might start. 
  Wipe or wash out: To stop diges- 
    tive acids from spoiling the bird. 
  Carry head down: To open feathers 
    at top so heat can escape. 
  Never put in a box or, close mesh 
    sack: This keeps heat from es- 
    caping and causes condensation 
    and spoiling. 
  Lay side by side in car: Birds will 
    cool on way home. 
  Lay on cool floor or hang out by 
     feet in cool place: Never bunch 
  In warm weather: Dress birds out 
    and hang in open air until dry, 
    then place in icebox or cooler. Do 
    not wet them again. 
  If birds are dressed in the field, 
hunters must leave sufficient plum- 
age on the bird for the purpose of dis- 
tinguishing s;ex and specie. Failure 
to do so is a violation of the law and 
is subject to penalty. 
     (Continued from Page 1) 
  "Seeing as how you really want 
that bird," he woofs, "I'll see what 
I can do for you. Keep your shirt 
on a minute. I'll be   right back." 
With that he's off on the run, down 
the fence row. In two minutes he's 
back, carrying the struggling phea- 
sant tenderly between his jaws. He 
puts it in your hand-and then fades 
into oblivion. The mysterious genie 
turns a deaf ear to all your fervent 
pleas for return of the dog. It's no 
use. You have   your bird   and the 
ethereal dog is gone. 
  There's only one solution. You re- 
turn home, thumb through the back 
pages of a few sporting magazines,, 
write a letter, and enclose a check. 
In two weeks you're standing in the 
Express Office staring happily at a 
friendly little, long-eared pup that 
came on the morning train in a crate 
addressed to you- Your troubles are 
  Yes, from now on hunting will be 
different. You'll get nearly every 
bird you shoot, you'll enjoy every 
moment in the field watching your 
dog work, and you'll love that dog 
the year around-season or no    sea-